Conor McGregor’s promise to fans amid talk Poirier fight could be UFC title bout

Conor McGregor has promised 'a masterpiece' when he fights Dustin Poirier in his first UFC fight in a year this month.

McGregor and Poirier will headline UFC 257 when they meet in a lightweight clash on January 23.

The Irishman has not fought since stopping Donald Cerrone in just 40 seconds a year ago – and that was his first bout since he was choked out by Khabib Nurmagomedov in 2018.

But McGregor insists he will be ready to deliver an MMA masterclass against Poirier, who he stopped in the first round when they met six years ago.

'The Notorious' took to Twitter to give his prediction, simply saying: "I promise a masterpiece."

His tweet received 12,000 likes and was retweeted 1,700 times within 20 minutes of being posted.

McGregor posted the tweet after it was reported by BJ Penn that his fight against Poirier could end up being for the lightweight title.

The publication reported that in direct messages received from the official UFC Twitter account, the DM chatbot referred to the fight as a lightweight title bout.

Meanwhile, McGregor has embarked on Dry January in order to keep a clear head for his rematch with Poirier.

The 32-year-old has spent more time building his multi-million-pound whisky business than he has in the cage in recent years.

And he has admitted to sampling his own product during his ill-fated training camp for his clash with bitter rival Nurmagomedov.

But as he prepares to take on Poirier at the UFC's Fight Island, McGregor has gone tee-total.

Alongside a picture of himself training with head coach John Kavanagh, he wrote: "Me and Coach Kavanagh keeping each other away from the Proper Twelve this camp."

McGregor has previously said his preparation for his defeat to Nurmagomedov was affected by his drinking.

"I was drinking all bleeding fight week. I had venom in me or something," he said.

"I had people holed up in a hotel and I would ring and arrange a fight, they would come to the gym and have a full-blown fight with no headguards.

"I'd have a war, win and knock the guy out and go off and celebrate and come back in three days.

"I wasn't doing what I should have been doing; I've made mistakes and I've been man enough to admit them."

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